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Day 3

Welcome to Paradise: Abel Tasman NP!

After a long day out yesterday, it’s good to know that you will be able to sleep in a little longer this morning. For our All Inclusive Package clients, another healthy start to the day with a lovely breakfast hamper delivered to your Suite. The morning will be free for you to prepare lunch and enjoy all the amenities at our Lodge.

Just before noon the bus will take you for a scenic drive along the stunning eastern coastline of Golden Bay with idyllic spots like Tata Beach and Wainui. Our destination is the heart of the world famous Abel Tasman National Park. The coastline and beaches are of unprecedented beauty with flowering rata trees and golden sandy beaches. This truly is the idyll of the Pacific Islands right here in New Zealand!

We will set off on our exciting Walk in the Park following the most beautiful section of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track. This northern part of the track has many hidden treasures that are seldom experienced by the casual visitor. Here there are no overcrowded tracks, just you and the silent, untainted natural beauty surrounding you. To reach this coastal paradise the terrain is a little hilly with short up and downhill contours. One thing is guaranteed however: you will be rewarded with postcard beach scenery… one beach after another, all idyllic places to soak up the fresh sea air, go for a swim or find the perfect picnic spot for your afternoon tea.

Lookouts along the way will showcase the diverse and unique aspects of this coastline: from endangered seabirds to ancient coastal forest, private golden beaches, beautiful rock formations and perhaps the odd noisy seal breaking up the silence. This walk really has it all!

After leaving our last footprints in the golden sand, it is time for the inland part of the walk and to fill your water bottle at the historic tramping hut nearby. After 30 minutes along a wide, winding track you will be above the coastal canopy. Here you will be rewarded with a welcoming bench overlooking the breathtaking inlet below and the first sight of Golden Bay.

Well done, you have reached another ‘milestone’ in The Bay Walk! From here there is an easy descent into Golden Bay. Take your time though… the evening light throws amazing colours and patterns over the Tata Islands, another amazing photo opportunity!

A short panoramic drive from the shelter and carpark will bring you back to our Lodge. On arrival you’ll be able to soothe those muscles in our shower and outdoor spa! Those who have booked our All Inclusive Package will be served a delicious two-course stone grill or barbecue dinner in the privacy of our Lodge, the perfect end to a wonderful walking adventure!

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